Any designer can fly into a city for a personal appearance. It takes real flair to host a party from 3,000 miles away.
That's what SA's Isaac Mizrahi did a few nights ago when he appeared via satellite at a party in his honor at Tiffany's in Beverly Hills. It was the kickoff of his big fashion blowout scheduled for May 5 at Mann's Chinese Theater for AIDS Project Los Angeles.
Originally, Mizrahi was supposed to be there in the flesh, but when his schedule filled up, he decided to beam himself in. The gimmick was almost better than a personal appearance, with a chain-smoking Mizrahi bantering back and forth via television with the Angelenos, who, as everyone knows, love television and hate cigarettes.
He promised that his show -- coming a year after Calvin Klein's grand gala at the Hollywood Bowl -- will "blow the roof off California." When Mizrahi said in reply to one question that there would be no men in the show, several women moaned with disappointment. He quickly changed his tune: "There's a huge finale of 50 naked men; then it's going to snow on them."
Back in New York, Julian Schnabel had an easier time getting to his opening at the Pace-Wildenstein Gallery, where the moans weren't about the lack of men.
"Where are all the models?" asked Paul Morrissey. "There are usually a lot of models." Twenty minutes later, Ross Bleckner came in and said the same thing. But now that model Anh Duong -- whom Schnabel used to date -- and her friends are out of the picture, all eyes at the opening were on Schnabel's latest -- bright, messy canvases with the words "Boni Lux" ("beautiful light" in Latin) emblazoned across them.
"'It doesn't mean anything," said Schnabel's wife, Olatz Lopez Garmendia. "I just woke up one day and it was in my head."
"These have a nice color sense," said Bleckner of the work. "He didn't use those depressing colors he usually does, like brown. You might not be able to tell, but his control of the paint is really masterful. "Bleckner even admitted to a little jealousy.
"I'm more of a struggle artist. And I'm frantic. I have a show in a month and I only have one painting that I like."
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)
Discovery is collaborating with British pop artist @philipcolbert on a new line of clothing and accessories called Discovery Shark. The collection, which will launch next summer for Shark Week’s 30th anniversary, features a whimsical line of women’s and men’s bomber jackets, sweatshirts, bags and more. #wwdfashion
“I’m always a big champion of a female rapper, and I’m glad to see a new voice that feels unique and authentic that’s coming up, and I think we’re going to see more great things from her,” said @itsjeremyscott about @iamcardib, who performed at @moschino’s Art Basel Miami Beach party last night. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@janellemonae’s “What’s Your Frequency?” room in @refinery29's #29Rooms made its debut this week at the opening of the Los Angeles art exhibit. “It’s about the ongoing conversation around mass surveillance, the weaponization of technology and cultural uniformity. My space was created so that we can come together and talk about the complexities of our humanity,” said Monáe. #wwdeye (📷: @bucknerphoto)
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)